- Original title
- Running time
- 103 min.
- United States
Victor J. Kemper
George C. Scott, Diana Rigg, Barnard Hughes, Nancy Marchand, Stockard Channing, Roberts Blossom, Robert Walden, Richard Dysart, Lenny Baker, Frances Sternhagen, Stephen Elliott
Comedy | Black Comedy. Medical
- Herbert Block (George C. Scott) is chief of medicine in a major teaching hospital. His wife has left him, he is impotent and his children have both disowned him. He is toying with the idea of suicide when patients begin dying, not from complications, but from the erroneous treatments the Hospital is giving them. People in the wrong beds are given wrong medicines, sent to operating theatres for incorrect surgery, and found in waiting rooms dead of natural causes. Barbara Drummond has come to take her comatose father back to the Souix reservation where he operates a clinic and they each reach out to each other for emotional support, as a shadowy figure stalks the patients and staff of the hospital.
1971: Academy Awards: Best Original Screenplay. Nominated George C. Scott as Best Actor.
: Oscar Best Original Screenplay. 2 Nominations
: Golden Globes: Best Screenplay. 3 Nominations
: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Original Comedy Screenplay
: BAFTA Awards: Best Screenplay. Nominated for Best Actor (George C. Scott)
: Berlin Film Festival: Silver Bear - Special Jury Prize, OCIC (Recommendation)
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